Daniel Richtman is known for having scoops and rumors on the inner workings within Hollywood. This time, he is reporting that Grant Gustin, whos the titular role in The Flash, wants out of being the speedy superhero, matching a previous claim two months ago.
Going on for its eighth season and signed on for one more, it would not be surprising that Grant Gustin wants to hang up being the DC hero. With Arrow having its conclusion previously and Supergirl about to finish its run, the Arrowvverse rests on his shoulders. According to the rumor from Richtman’s Patreon, CW feels differently by trying to keep the actor on board. Per his report, supposedly, there is a conflict between the company and its shining star.
The Flash is consistently one of the higher viewed show amongst the superhero roster of this universe. It makes Grant Gustin an important asset to CW as the leading star. That would make sense that the studio is trying to keep him as long as possible, but going on for this long, it is unknown how much longer the plans are to keep it around.
Grant Gustin is not the only one to go on long runs with CW. Supergirl is ending this year with its sixth season. Arrow went on for eight seasons, with the final run going from the end of last year to the end of January of this year. With that trend of six to eight seasons, The Flash could end at any point.
Not all of the weight of a TV universe is on Grant Gustin. Other shows are still running. Batwoman concluded its second season last month, and a third season is in the working. Superman and Lois is still running with its first season until August.
While those shows are running, CW has run into issues. Whether it is Grant Gustin’s The Flash or its other series within the Arrowverse, the shows have seen dramatic drops in viewership. It is not a total surprise as the competition is tough for the superhero genre, both on TV and on the big screen, with DC stretching itself within different universes like the Extended Universe and the juggernaut Marvel Cinematic Universe continuing to crush with its viewership and flow of money. For example, on the Marvel side of things, its latest show on Disney Plus, Loki, has hit record numbers for the streaming service, which is a trend that has been forming after Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision.
Outside of fighting crime with other superpowered beings, Grant Gustin made his name by starring in Glee. He appeared in seven episodes between 2011 and 2013. His career path quickly changed when he donned the red suit in the short Superhero Fight Club and making his debut in the Arrowverse in 2013 by appearing as Barry Allen in Arrow.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as the speedster, Candice Patton (Grey’s Anatomy) as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker (Justified) as Caitlin Snow, and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) as Joe West. After premiering in the fall of 2014, fans can continue as it finishes its latest season through the summer. The show airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. The finale will hit July 20.